Pierre McCrea, Ph.D., professor of Genetics, has spent his career researching catenin proteins while educating future generations. But planning financially for his own long-term future wasn't so easy.
Despite his 25 years as a faculty member at MD Anderson and the graduate school, McCrea says, "I'm still learning."
When it came time to consider estate planning, he says, "I wanted our assets after my wife, Candace, and I die to go to charities, including the graduate school, and to family members. We just weren't sure how to make it happen."Working together to end cancer
He turned to the free estate planning advice offered to MD Anderson faculty, then contacted the Development Office to make his future gift a reality.
McCrea feels a natural bond develops between the graduate school faculty members and their students, who give so much talent and heart to the research success of individual labs as well as to MD Anderson as a whole.
"Students often bring the best ideas and help determine the direction of research," he says. "They bring valued perspectives that can lead to breakthroughs we may not have imagined. I want to help sustain that."Giving to the future
McCrea's gift will help support both graduate education and research to better understand normal biology, cancer and other diseases - which he considers vital to MD Anderson's mission to end cancer.
"We all have friends who have died or suffered from cancer," he says. "When you have a community of students and trainees working to address the challenges of cancer through rigorous, leading-edge research, it can make a real difference."